Archive for November, 2012

Campaigners Will Be United And Never Be Divided

After seeing so much going on over last few months with various campaign groups using various tactics to get highlighted the appalling welfare measures being metered out by the Coalition, the one thing this government would like is to divide and rule us.

In fact they depend on us fighting amongst ourselves ,and many do,but then most resolve differences to pull together as one force. Many online groups have individuals infiltrating us who are determined to help this government to another 5 years,  causing discord,among groups and individuals. The sad fact is we all  fighting for one aim to get this made a  fair and level playing field  and get this abhorrent bunch of posh boys out.

This government has continuously ABUSED  its power,broke many Human Rights in the name of Austerity and a deficit which doesn’t exist. The bankers toxic debt caused this crisis in the economy not the people who are suffering by the ‘IDS Hand of God’ your cured, miracles occur syndrome. It continues to mislead its people,and uses language which incites hatred of various groups of individuals who are the poorest in the country, and hate crime which has risen rapidly since they came to power. Workshy,Scrounger, Lazy,Many are fit for work,scream the headlines this is just a few of the outrageous remarks to come from senior ministers who should know better.

The Career Politicians we now have are damaging our country, dividing its people,and worst of all politics in UK is at an all time low, and in crisis. The polls  low turnouts according to statistics for the new Police Commissioners  lowest in British History.

So what do we do I hear daily, allegiances to one party or another also leads to public spats which really  shouldn’t be happening. So are we all going to get change from splitting votes, hell no, we only achieve change by sticking with the one party who can realistically oppose, which in the present day  is Labour,given the other two joined forces,yet many feel angry with Labour for introducing the Benefit Cuts that this Government changed to suit and is now imposing causing untold decimation across the poorest ,and many others.

Lets put something straight, many core Campaigners are very Sick and Disabled themselves they work tirelessly to get the information, so many need into the public domain to enable them to fight back against this brutal regime,many are facing the awful Atos Assessments and fighting for their own survival too,while thinking of others distress and making sure support is out there in whatever format people choose to use from, Facebook,Twitter,LinkedIn,etc plus websites and forums,telephone lines and each other.That takes all the energy they have,while some are vilified in the public domain for trying to do what is humanely possible. This can only lead to a stronger oneness and using whatever it takes to gain momentum to the campaign we all take part in,to highlight the injustices,the deaths,the barbaric cruelty, whose lives are made into a complete hell by an Elitist  Government. Many Global Multi Nationals who dont pay their fair share in taxes to ensure fairness for all.

Wouldn’t it be better to channel all that into something positive than allow a few to divide and rule us. Of course it would,  we should march on in whatever way we can to get the information out there and enable the poorest in society a voice so loud they cannot ignore us any longer,that those who have been selectively deaf and blind to the suffering of many of their fellow citizens. Many people are on the edge of a precipice desperate for help because they can’t take anymore of this blatant cruelty raining down upon them,losing their homes,falling into massive debts because their monies have been stopped or cut,children not having enough food daily because a parent can’t afford enough food/heat the home, we have to have Food Banks,  teachers feeding kids in school, workers have their rights denied to a safe workplace and to fair pay and conditions,job seekers sanctioned for up to 3yrs without a means to provide for the family, or the dreaded Workfare regime I could list much more but I wont.

Next year the Bedroom Tax comes in followed by more Benefit Cuts under the guise of simpler ways to provide for those who are the most vulnerable ,while reality is many of those will slip through the net with tougher descriptors which will remove the bare necessities to survive with basic food which is full of fats and other nasties that will harm their wellbeing. The streets will start to fill with those who lost their homes, Crime will go up as usual and this government will blame them all over again for what is not their fault. What kind of society does this , a Totalitarian one. We must have all stumbled across a time warp and been transported to the 1700/1800 ‘s. this isn’t about individuals ,it isn’t about personal ego’s and groups, it about all of us in a really bad nightmare and we have to stick together.

Many will die amongst us but for the sake of future generations we must continue a United Front and an Undivided Front and work as one,for if we don’t ,they will blame us for not standing up for them,for not  giving them a future where they can prosper.

Atos-Saint or Sinner?

This company was paid a handsome sum of money to carry out the Work Capability Assessments (WCA) by Labour in 2008. A pilot scheme was set up (after an impact assessment ) and carried out and a review showed serious flaws which Labour were in the process of addressing when they lost office. The Condem Vilification of the Sick and Disabled went into full swing like a drunk in charge of a vehicle under the supervision of Ian Duncan Smith (IDS) . A car crash was about to ensue. The WCA was changed by IDS to the cruel ,biased test we know now.The Atos contract was changed and regulations are being changed consistently to ensure his introduced targets are carried out as exposed by Dr Steven Bick,and Joyce Drummond the so-called   ‘Atos Whistleblower’. So the disability community have always thought Atos is their enemy ,when the reality is that enemy is DWP and the Government. They blame Labour for introducing this, which they did,but no way was it as cruel as it is now it was in fact fairer. Were the deaths so high under Labour they were not!

I was lucky to meet with Shadow Minister last week who told a delegation of campaigners (inc myself)  what I personally had suspected for some time, Atos are the governments scapegoats for failure, rather than the Government/DWP taking responsibility for an assessment process which was already flawed, being made worse by someone at the helm who threw caution to the wind, ignored the need for an impact assessment and by any means necessary was going to remove the vital support that people needed and who change regulations like they change their underwear. Atos Dr’s ,Nurses etc are not able to use the skills they trained years for,but are now Disability Analysts. The welfare of the Sick and Disabled do not come into it, if you can work one day a week then this is what they will say,this process  IS NOT A MEDICAL that many believe it is in fact a programme to work regardless of levels ability to do so,where it is possible. I know many will be outraged by these comments but that is the stark truth,I’m not going to dress it up or give you a sticky plaster for it. It is now costing more in appeals than to implement the test itself, a 9 month wait on DLA alone for appeals.

Atos are no angels they are banned in 15 countries for mismanagement so they are not off the hook entirely and are culpable in the suffering of our community but it seems what they took on,  in many places around the globe  were factors that lead to their failures also. The Sick and Disabled know it is fair to have assessments to make sure the genuine get the help they deserve, and work where they can,but this brutal regime will only get worse with the coming changes and more cuts next year with the introduction of Universal Credit,Bedroom Tax, PIP.

Now is the time to start laying the blame where it truly lies firmly and squarely on the doorstep of our present government,and realise the fact that unless we get behind Labour the only credible alternative we will be socially cleansed out of existence. I can hear you all screaming  ‘what Labour are you kidding me’, actually no I am not,while they made an attempt to make sure disability was taken into account and their original idea was flawed they are not to blame for the last two years destruction,we have suffered under this bunch., or for the harsh changes to the WCA or the constant changes to Atos contract and the hidden targets to get 7 out of 8 off benefits.

On reflection I can honestly say hand on heart that Atos are not the real enemy like any business they are fulfilling a contract what is being asked of them and struggling to do so because the staffing levels are not up to scratch to deal with the volumes the Government/DWP are pressuring then to achieve which is why the whole thing is a catastrophe.

I like many others blamed Labour for introducing it, which is unfair of me,it amazing when you get that lightbulb moment and you open your eyes  and realise that Atos also are scapegoats and the Real Culprits are laughing all the way to the bank as they asset strip our welfare system to keep the banks and themselves afloat at our expense. I asked why the deafening silence from Labour, the reality is they do not have majority on committees, the Tories and Lib  Dem’s do, hence the lack of perceived progress from Labour, who are fighting our corner in the background with Human Rights Abuses being lodged in EHRC.

I ask everyone to rise up against this let us get this lot out of office ,LETS KICK SOME BUTT!

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